By now everyone has heard about the new movie, The Hunger Games and many parents have taken their children to see it. The movie is based on the book of the same name written by Suzanne Collins, the book is recommended for children ages 12 and up however many younger children have read it and have seen the movie. The story involves Katniss Everdeen, an average teen girl who bravely volunteers to take the place of her younger sister in the annual Hunger Games. The Games are put on by the evil Capitol and are a Survivor-type game show in which two teens from each “district” are chosen by lottery to fight to the death in a man-made arena while the world looks on. Some contenders die of natural causes, while others are forced to kill, and in the end there is only one survivor.
Both the book and the movie have some violent elements and 22 adolescents die in the blood sport pageant. It has been stated that the movie is less graphic in terms of violence than the book. If your child is easily frightened or immature, this movie would not be something I would recommend. I also would not recommend it for any child under the age of 10. As a parent you of course know your child best and are the only one who can decide if this an appropriate movie for your child to see.
In the local area it is playing at Menlo Park Theatre in Edison and Aviation Theatre in Linden.